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Committee should probe bribery charges against MS: PHU

29 August 2016 04:53 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A commission comprising former Attorney Generals and Auditor Generals should be appointed to probe the bribery charges against the President as reported in the Australian media, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said today.

He said this was vital to protect the country's image from being tarnished.

Australian media last week reported that Australian Police are investigating allegations that the overseas staff of Snowy Mountains Engineering Company (SMEC) had bribed officials to secure a US$2.3 million aid-funded sewerage project in Sri Lanka in 2011 when President Maithripala Sirisena was the then Agriculture and Agrarian Services Minister.

The MP told a news conference that the President’s response to the allegation was to seek the Attorney General's opinion but said this was not practical or adequate.

“The AG’s opinion and instructions hold no value when it comes to an investigation launched by a foreign country. The AG can’t take action against Australian media institutions. Australian police are only probing whether the company had bribed the President. If the company proves they didn’t bribe the President though he asked for one, the probe will end. But, we need to probe the allegations in an extensive manner with the participation of former senior officials to save the country's reputation,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 8

  • jolly bird Monday, 29 August 2016 09:37 PM

    G .PILLA HAS GOT A KANGARU BONE TO BITE FOR SOME TIME. via DM Android App

    Shavin Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:34 AM

    I think, Gammanpila has given money to Australian media, SMEC, and Australian Police to tarnish the image of our president.

    Gamarala Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:40 AM

    Watch his eyes carefully and decide if he is telling the truth or not..

    nuwan Monday, 29 August 2016 05:07 PM

    Mr Gemmbanpila reminds me of the fox that jumped at at the bunch of grapes and being unsuccessful went away saying Sour Grapes!

    Unchikun Monday, 29 August 2016 05:16 PM

    Where was he during the last 5 years? A born again man!

    Berty Monday, 29 August 2016 05:17 PM

    It has to be on first come first served basis.

    Unchikun Monday, 29 August 2016 05:19 PM

    May I suggest Mr. Mohan Peris head this committe as he was the CJ during the uncorrupt MR government . What a pinhead!

    M.I.M. LAFIR Tuesday, 30 August 2016 01:01 PM

    CORRECT PERSON IS GAMMAN PILLAI SHOULD BE APPONTED AS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TO INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER.


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